Democrats made clear Tuesday that the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, will not go quickly or smoothly, though the chances of blocking his appointment in the GOP-led Senate remain slim.
The session started as confirmation hearings usually do, with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) trying to introduce the nominee and his family. But almost immediately, California Sen. Kamala Harris led other Democratic members in launching an unprecedented protest for a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, repeatedly interrupting Grassley with requests to suspend or adjourn.
Grassley eventually got the hearing back on track, albeit 80 minutes late. And by the end of the day, Kavanaugh was able to be sworn in to make his opening statement, where he spoke emotionally about his family, friends, volunteer work and commitment to the law.